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10 things to do today: attend Marhaba Market at Deerfields Mall, visit a pet festival in Abu Dhabi and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 3, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Want to see your event listed here? Email us with the details and contact information at [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Outdoor market

Check out the Marhaba Market at Deerfields Mall, which offers family fun and entertainment, as well as 30 exhibitors offering fresh produce, flowers and plants, plus art, handicrafts, fashion items, toys and homeware. There will also be children’s activities, food stalls, football, Zumba and hip-hop dance classes.

Today, 4pm to 10pm, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, www.facebook.com/DeerfieldsMall

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Al Ain

Cultural event

Attend Oasis Afternoons as part of the Visit Al Ain series of programmes and enjoy events and workshops at the community market featuring crafts and artisanal products, food options, children’s workshops and masterclasses along a trail from the courtyards of Al Ain Palace Museum to the plazas of Al Ain Oasis.

Today and tomorrow, 2pm to 6pm, Al Ain Palace Museum and Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Pet festival

The Abu Dhabi Pet Festival raises awareness of animal welfare with a number of family-friendly outdoor activities, including competitions and demonstrations such as cat beauty contest, dog agility competition, woof parade, K9 Police Dogs demonstration and special bullies dog competitions. There will also be a petting zoo, kids’ play area, pony rides, food and beverage stalls and trucks, pet products and service stalls and more. Pet owners bringing their pets must bring vaccination records.

Today, 2pm to 10pm, free entry, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.petfestival.ae

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Nationwide

New movie

Kung Fu Yoga, which was partly filmed in Dubai, stars Jackie Chan as Jack, a professor of archaeology who teams up with a professor, Ashmita (Amyra Dastur), and assistant Kyra (Disha Patani) to find India’s lost Magadha treasure. Their adventure takes them to Tibet, Dubai and India. Action, also starring Aarif Rahman, Sonu Sood, Yixing Zhang and Paul Philip Clark.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (PG-13)

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Dubai

Film screening

Catch a screening of the 2013 Sean Ellis movie Metro Manila as part of the Work in Progress film series presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue, which focuses on the topic of work through screenings, talks and special events. In the film, Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his family flee their impoverished life in the northern Philippines for a future in Manila, where Oscar finds work that proves to be more dangerous than anyone expected.

Tonight, 7pm, free on a first-come, first-seated basis, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com

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Dubai

Wedding fair

Attend The Wedding Fair and see four zones showcasing Arabian, South Asian, Africa and western wedding concepts, representing each region’s traditional wedding ceremonies and customs with ideas to inspire memorable celebrations.

Today 2pm to 9pm; 11am to 6pm tomorrow, Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, 04 363 1217, www.myweddingdubai.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Inside/Outside is an exhibition by Iraqi artist Wissam Shawkhat that showcases his unique style, which is referred to as Calligraform, working with precise forms of Arabic letters and the abstract shapes generated by examining the geometry and spaces inside and outside each letter’s structure. Pictured: Dancing Figures

Daily until March 7, 10am-6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com

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Dubai

Performance

Attend a performance of Mary Poppins by Turning Pointe Youth Ballet about the fun and magical nanny who arrives to take care of Jane and Michael and takes them on a magical journey through the park. Then stay after the show to meet the characters.

Today and tomorrow, 1.30pm and 4pm, from Dh105, ages 3+ Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org

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Dubai

Concert

Attend RedFest DXB, the two-day music event wraps up tonight with performances by Demi Lovato (pictured), Mike Posner, Tove Lo and Alessia Cara.

Tonight, 2pm-1am, from Dh395 for one-day ticket, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Register to participate in TriYas, a day-to-night triathlon open to first-time triathletes and veterans. Swim in Yas Marina, transition in the Grand Prix pits and cycle and run various distances for the KidsTri, Sprint and Olympic categories as an individual participant or as a team.

February 17, from Dh375 for an individual Sprint entry, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

* Compiled by Ellen Fortini

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